fell in love with my husband Tom while cooking dinner with him. When we cook together now, we fall in love all over again.

That’s because, after all these years, I have come to a place where food is a joy, a celebration, something to share. And now I want to share what I’ve learned along the way with you.

In ONE DISH AT A TIME, I share over 100 of my favorite dishes. They’re the dishes I love and live every day — that satisfy me, body and soul, and help me feel happier and healthier than I have in years.

Teeny-tiny little No-Crust Quichettes

Lime Shrimp Skewers, so plump and

Authentic Pasta e Fagioli, straight from
the Old Country

Crowd-pleasing Express Beef

Rich chocolate Classic Gooey Brownies

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Every recipe tells its own story: Quick Flatbread Pizza Graziella reminds me how a chance overheard conversation in Italian led to a lifelong friendship … Cherry Clafouti reminds me of bonding with Tom’s kids for the first time … Capelletti in Brodo reminds me of cooking with my Aunt Adeline.

Create your own memories! The secret common ingredient is love. And you’ll find it on every page of ONE DISH AT A TIME.

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Chipotle Bison Cheeseburger


So light and elegant, classic Italian Pizzelles are lovely with a cup of coffee any time of day. What a gorgeous little 70-calorie snack!